Kwe (Changing Into Thunderbird)

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    Album artwork by Matthew Hinther,
    Cover Design by Andrew Oliver,
    Photograph by Aaron Mason ,
    Produced by James Bunton
    Music by Ansley Simpson

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Words and Music by Ansley Simpson
Produced and mixed by James Bunton at The Glen Gordon
Drums recorded at Dream Date Studio.
Mastered by João Carvalho at João Carvalho Mastering

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Kwe (Changing Into Thunderbird)

I’m so sore
I’m so sorry
Should have told you so many years ago
When I was young
When I was brazen
When fear was something I went out of my way for

I’ll take these strings
And this small handful of songs
These small hands full of songs I kept stowed
Under the shadows
Of the cedars
That held back the steepness
As we climbed down to the shore.

Build up the fire
Watch the flames light up our faces
Warm our bodies as the storm rolls in
Time our exit
Just as the lightning cuts the beach
Points like fingers through the blackness out of reach
Out of reach

If you need me
I’m on the second floor
Willing talons from the bruises on my feet
Feeling for feathers to push
Through all the spaces in my spine
Where our backs used to touch
As you leaned into mine

Oh I’m so sore
I’m so sorry

It’s been twenty years
of snow melting on those hills
And the farmhouse is gone
Our bones have mostly healed
But when rain hits metal
All I can taste is past
And my body starts to brace
For when Jimmy hits the gas

And if you need me
I’m on the second floor
Bending Willows into wings
Forging Feathers
From yet another failed attempt
Till the security guard tells me to leave

I’m so sore
But I’m done falling down
Oh, I’m so sore
But I’m done falling down this time I’ll soar
This time I’ll soar
This time I’ll soar

Like we were young
Like we were young
Like we were young
When we were brazen
And fear was something we went out of our way for

credits

from Breakwall, released April 26, 2017
Ansley Simpson: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
James Bunton: Drums
Heather Kirby: Bass, Electric Guitar
Mika Posen: Viola
Cris Derksen: Cello
SOCAN 2017

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Ansley Simpson Toronto, Ontario

Ansley Simpson is an emerging Anishinaabe singer-songwriter from Toronto. A weaver of haunting vocals and poetics, her songs unfold as stories, immersing the listener in vibrant imagery and journeying us through themes of vulnerably, love, and the raw emotion of heartbreak. ... more

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